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post #1 of 24 Old 04-29-2010, 06:17 AM Thread Starter
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What do you want in a biking magazine?

Hello everyone!

I am launching a new online motorcycle magazine (www.adventurebikingnews.com) next month aimed only at adventure bikers and I would love any in put you have on what you want from a biking mag.

At the moment we plan to have daily news coverage; trip reports; interviews with riders on those mammoth journeys; photos and videos of the rides; techy developments and reviews. But what are we missing?

The site will be completely free and I hope you will all get involved. If all goes well we should go into print later this year/early next.

If you want to get in touch with me email at [email protected]

Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 24 Old 04-29-2010, 06:52 AM
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How about a section on farkling with a how to install on various adventure bikes or cost benefits of various add-ons, etc?

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I agree with SH some great "how to" vids like like adding fork valves, valve adjusts, farkle add on's etc.

Riding tips would also be nice.

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Just another thought.

Maybe a "this worked for me" section about repairs on the road, or adjustment made to gear or bike that made an unexpected breakdown or nasty situation better while on the road.

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+1 on roadside repair articles or how-I got-out-of-trouble vignettes, with photos whenever possible.
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post #6 of 24 Old 04-29-2010, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Adventure Motorcycle News

Thanks guys for your feedback, you are giving us a lot to get working on, keep it coming!

On this side of the pond we are used to motorbiking and motorcycling, but it has "biking" is causing some confusion in the US. There is no harm in a pre-launch rebrand. Before you know it we'll be functioning under www.adventuremotorcyclenews.com (www.adventurebikingnews.com will still work so no need to change your book marks!).

If you want to get involved and help with reviews/trip reports or anything else then please get in touch ([email protected] soon to be [email protected]!)
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I love to read comparison tests. One thing that I wish other magazines did more is tests of different sizes and styles versus each other.

You could compare the advantages of a v-strom 650 versus a large BMW GS versus a KLR etc. To me, that would be much more informative than reading the small differences between the four 600cc supersports.
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maybe a addition to frackles, but also freckled bike installs. Ie take someone like hell myself who spent all winter making there bike into a touring beast and go over the ideas. Mostly custom ideas of course or odd ball ones. IE the crash bars are normal mods not a oddball.
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Thumbs up

I'll be sure and watch for the development. Free is always good for me.
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I'd suggest giving a serious review of ROADRunner magazine (in print and on-line). They set the standard, IMHO. One of the things I miss from their articles, however, is a more thorough description of the gear and bikes used in ride reports.

I know how to ride and pick good roads. But choosing what farkles are best, and what gear to pack -- and perhaps more importantly, how to pack it -- seems to be lacking.

I tend to skip over articles that cover flat roads in Arkansas ridden on cruisers and focus more on curvier roads, especially in the Western US, and on bikes that are closer to the Strom in design and capabilities. Perhaps taking a more specialized approach than ROADRunner will help you stand out. Any time you specialize you tend to get fewer readers but they become more attentive. It can also help your advertisers because they know your demographic is better defined and 'targeted'. Dual-sport farkle makers don't want to advertise to the Harley crowd; it's a waste of their money.

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